Sunday, April 17, 2011

palm sunday.























"There was a time, and it is still not entirely over, when Christianity was rejected precisely because of the Cross. The Cross talked about sacrifice, it was said, the Cross is a sign of denial of life. We, on the other hand, want life without restrictions and without renunciation. We want to live, nothing more than to live. Don't let's be limited by precepts and bans: we want richness and fullness – this is what was said and is still being said. All this sounds convincing and seductive, it is the language of the serpent, who tells us: 'Don't let yourselves be afraid! Eat serenely from all the trees in the garden!' Palm Sunday, however, tells us that the truly great 'Yes' is precisely the Cross, that the Cross is the true tree of life. We are not alive to become masters of life, but to give it. Love is a giving of self, and this is why it is the way of true life, symbolized by the Cross."

- Pope Benedict XVI from here

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Caitlin said...

i love the reading of the passion story at palm sunday mass. it's so moving. although i always have the tendency to concentrate on making my palm into a cross rather than paying attention!